Almanac Sport and Politics – ‘I’ll cry for Gough: the Stan McCabe of politics’

November 11 is also the anniversary of another momentous event in Australia’s political history. We revisit an offering from Bernard Whimpress to mark the occasion.

Almanac Cricket – The Monster Wore Pads: Boris Karloff, Cricketer

In this Friday’s column, KD writes about a keen cricketer, Hollywood’s all-time King of Horror, Boris Karloff.

Almanac Book Review: ‘Bradman vs Bodyline’ – Roland Perry

Joe Root will be a welcome arrival for the Ashes while a ruthless predecessor is again under scrutiny nearly 100 years after his successful but ill-starred campaign, writes Ron Reed in his review of Roland Perry’s new book, ‘Bradman vs Bodyline’.

Almanac Cricket: Headingley 1930 – the first triple century in Test cricket

From the Footy Almanac archives we reprise Andrew Starkie’s wonderful account of Don Bradman’s history making first triple century in Test cricket in 1930.

Almanac Poetry: The Other Side of Bradman (A Response to Geoff Page’s ‘On the Death of a Famous Cricketer’)

Kevin Densley has written a response to Geoff Page’s poem about Don Bradman, ‘On the Death of a Famous Cricketer’.

Tiger Woods: Sport’s Greatest Comeback?

In the lead-up to the US Masters which starts tonight, we revisit Peter Baulderstone’s reflection on Tiger Woods’ win at the 2019 US Masters and how he has risen from the ashes of personal and physical betrayals. He tries to rank where it fits with the great comeback stories of Ali, Seles, Laver, Bradman, Hogan and Watson. (Simply brilliant! – Ed.)

Eddie Gilbert

A short innings caught in poetry by Damian Balassone – the unlikely contender Eddie Gilbert with quick as lightning pace, the immortally incumbent Don facing.

Reading sports books in the time of Cholera

Sean Curtain has been using this time to re-visit some classic old (and new) sportsbooks. Here he walks us through a section of his library.

Almanac Cricket – The all-time Australian men’s MCG XI: dodging the snorefest

It’s one thing to get the runs on the board on a flat deck, quite another when the game is in the balance. Dave Brown looks at the best men’s performances at the MCG over the years

Australia v Pakistan – Second Test, Day 2 at Adelaide

Phil Hill reflects upon his old cricketing mate Neville Turner, ands wishes he could have been with him during the second day’s play at the Adelaide Oval to witness history making cricket. Neville would have enjoyed chatting about the day’s proceedings muses Phil.

Almanac Cricket – (The) Adelaide Oval Test XI: a backhand for (the) Don

Dave Brown continues his excellent series with the ‘Best Australian XI at Adelaide Oval’, both all-time and then solely against Pakistan. For balance, he also includes Pakistan’s best at the same venue.

The ‘Esk Bradman’: who was Jack Badcock?

Some are never favoured by timing or luck. Dave Brown takes a fascinating look at the career highs and lows of Jack Badcock, the ‘Esk Bradman’.

Match: South Australia v New South Wales 16-21 December 1927 by Bernard Whimpress

A new cricket book by Bernard Whimpress about a significant Sheffield Shield match in 1927 involving Don Bradman’s first class debut has just been released and is sure to be of great interest to all cricket aficionados. Check out the book details here.

The Ashes 2019 – Fifth Test: Oval-teamie, The Oval Australian Test XI

Dave Brown has selected an Australian Test X1 based upon their performances playing at The Oval.

The Ashes 2019 – Fourth Test, Day 4: A Question of Balance: On Bradman and Smith.

Historian and writer Bernard Whimpress can only take so much Steve Smith. He explains why.

Almanac Cricket: 80 not out and still batting

Bob Utber takes us back to his first Test match when he was a young’un in 1946-47. Yes, he saw Bradman [Unlucky – Ed]. Then Citrus picks a team for the first Test of the Australian summer.

Almanac Teams: The ultimate Adelaide Oval Ashes performers

Dave Brown lines up the best Ashes performances at Adelaide Oval. Who knew England had so many left arm finger spinners? And what is the correct number of Arthurs for an Australian team?

BRADMAN – The 6,996th career Appreciation ever written

How good was Don Bradman? Greig Norman has compiled this detailed series of comparisons.

Finals Week 1 – Adelaide v GWS: Row G’s phalanx of tepid thermoses

The Crows demolish GWS on a rainy night at the Adelaide Oval. Mickey Randall’s keen eye observes the surroundings, and the proceedings. He’s getting excited.

I made my Test debut at the Gabba…

More of Earl’s pearls. Earl is as free as a bird in the conformist environment of the Australian cricket team. And he averages 72.8 in Test cricket. [Creative – JTH]